On December 14, 2010, agent Brian Terry, of the elite unit of the US Border Patrol, he was in the Arizona desert along with four other colleagues when they encountered a group of heavily armed civilians.
The men refused to stop and one of the Border Patrol agents shot them with cartridges. bean bag. But nevertheless, civilians responded by firing AK-47 rifles. Terry was hit in the back by projectiles and died shortly thereafter.
Terry’s death captured public attention after it was discovered that at least one of the rifles used during the confrontation that ended With his life he was part of the arms contingent that entered Mexico as part of the controversial operation “Fast and Furious”.
A federal jury in Tucson, Arizona, found Heraclio Osorio Arellanes guilty in February 2019 of the murder of Brian Terry. During the trial, Osorio Arellanes’s lawyer indicated that his client did not deny having been at the scene when the confrontation occurred in the Arizona desert, but added that due to the darkness they had no way of being totally sure that they were in front of law enforcement officers, despite the fact that someone yelled, in Spanish, “Police!”
Along with four other men, Osorio Arellanes was part of a group of criminals known in the border area as “bajadores”, who are dedicated to robbing and assaulting drug dealers and undocumented immigrants.
The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported on Sunday that it filed charges of arms trafficking against seven people in the case that dates back more than a decade, including the former secretary of Public Security, Genaro Garcia Luna, and the former drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, former leader of Sinaloa Cartel.
Between 2006 and 2011, the operation implemented by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from the United States, introduced more than 2,000 weapons to Mexico with chip with the intention that the authorities would trace them and thus be able to know which Mexican cartels used them and where the ATF allowed them to 2,500 weapons were illegally purchased and transported to Mexico.
However, the agency lost track of most of the guns, including two that were found at the place where Terry was killed in southern Arizona. What’s more, on February 15, 2011 he was assassinated on a highway in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the Agent of the Immigration and Customs Office (ICE) Jaime Zapata, for shots fired a “Fast and Furious” weapon.
Former President Felipe Calderón came to assure that during his government the introduction of firearms with government permission was not allowed. In this regard, on May 7, 2020, the former champion of the National Action Party (PAN) published on his Twitter account that he had no knowledge of “Fast and Furious.”
“It is false that the Mexican government has had an agreement with the US government to introduce weapons to the country. During the 2006-2012 Administration, the Mexican government strongly demanded that the US government stop the trafficking of weapons that reached criminals. […] The so-called ‘Fast and Furious’ operation was a secret operation, the implementation and results of which were revealed to Mexican agencies to the extent that negative results were unwanted by its authors in the Department of Justice. […] At no time was the content or the specific implementation of said American judicial strategy an issue that was a matter of knowledge, discussion and less agreement between Presidential offices“.
According to a note from Buy Horses, the FGR in charge of Alejandro Gertz Manero has in your possession at least five tests They pointed out that “Fast and Furious” was carried out with the authorization of the highest federal authority. A proof was obtained during the investigation to Garcia Luna, who was pointed out by Calderón himself as the best policeman in Mexico, because an email that came from the office of the former head of the SSP in which he confirms the personnel of the ATF that he spoke with his superior and that he agreed with the operation.
Gertz Manero reported that the implementation of this strategy “It is absolutely illegal and inadmissible”. Therefore, the FGR opened an investigation in which it consulted various data with the United States in order to determine the alleged responsibility of the culprits.